Bernard Pollard fined 42K for legal hit on Andre Johnson

Bob Levey

Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard tweeted this morning that he has been fined $42,000 for his legal hit on Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson.

Bernard Pollard tweeted earlier this morning that he has been fined $42,000 by the NFL for his hit on Andre Johnson.  Pollard was not flagged on the play- and he shouldn't have been.  Sure, he hit Andre high, but he didn't lead with his head.

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As you can see from the picture and the GIF, Johnson catches the ball and then tucks his head as he goes to the ground.  If Pollard gets there a half second earlier he hits Andre in the shoulder.  Would that have been a fine?

These rules are getting a little bit out of hand.  I understand the need for player safety rules, but it is almost to the point now where a safety has to let the receiver catch the ball and then tackle him.  There is no more separating the guy from the ball.

Of course the other option is for the safety to dive at the player's legs and take out his knees.  Is that what the NFL wants?

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